Adoption and Foster Class at Crossgates Baptist Church


Crossgates Baptist Church in Brandon, MS is now offering an adoption and foster care class on the first and third Wednesday's of each month beginning at 6:00pm in room 218. This class has been created to help prepare families who are just beginning to think about the process of adoption and foster care and to help families who are in the adoption process or foster care licensing process and for families who have completed their adoption and are currently fostering.

The adoption and foster care class will offer a bible study on the first Wednesday of each month and we will be using the book written by Jason Johnson, "All In." The third Wednesday of each month will feature a guest speaker in the field of adoption and foster care that will give valuable insights to these processes.

On Wednesday, September 4th, Dr. Rick Morton of Lifeline Children's Services (adoption agency) out of Birmingham AL will be our guest speaker. As Vice President of Engagement, Rick Morton shepherds the ministry’s outreach to individual, church, and organizational ministry partners as well as the ministry’s commitment to publishing resources that aid families and churches in discipling orphans and vulnerable children.

Holding both the Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts degrees in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Rick taught on the faculty of his alma mater as well as on the faculties of Bryan College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Rick Morton has served local churches in Tennessee, Louisiana, and Mississippi. He is an accomplished writer and sought after speaker. Most notably, Rick is the co-author of the popular book Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-centered Adoption and Orphan Care and the author of Know Orphans: Mobilizing the Church for Global Orphanology.

Rick and his lovely wife Denise have been married for over 26 years, and they have 3 children, all of whom joined their family through international adoption. Rick has also recently gained the title of “Doc” in his new role as a very proud grandpa!

"Having the opportunity to listen to Dr. [Rick] Morton in an intimate setting will give future and current adoptive and foster families the ability to better prepare for understanding the needs of both adopted and foster children" states Gray. "Lifeline helps families better understand and navigate the adoption and foster process and I believe that any person or family that attends this session will gain valuable insight and knowledge through Dr. Morton's words of encouragement concerning these topics."

Crossgates Baptist Church is located at 8 Crosswoods Rd, Brandon MS 39042. For more information about the class and upcoming speakers, please contact Chris Gray at The class is free for anyone to attend and childcare is provided for free each week for families.